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Swimming: Wilsonville boys in position to contend for NWOC title

Wildcats overwhelm Putnam to remain undefeated in league standings


by: FILE / PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Noah Norris and the Wilsonville boys swimming team topped Putnam in a league dual Jan. 9 to remain undefeated in the NWOC standings.The Wilsonville swimming team wasn’t at its best, partially the result of a three-week layoff for winter break. Then again, it didn’t really have to be.

The Wildcats overwhelmed Putnam with their talent and depth Jan. 9 at North Clackamas Aquatic Park in Milwaukie, cruising to a 111-59 win on the boys side and logging a similarly lopsided 122-47 victory in girls competition.

“I was proud of the way they came together after the break,” longtime coach Deb Mandeville said. “This team is very supportive of each other. They do a fantastic job of encouraging each other. That’s one of the reasons why they’re doing so well.”

Wilsonville’s boys improved to 3-0 in Northwest Oregon Conference duals, their latest triumph following wins over Sandy and St. Helens in their first two league meets.

A year after struggling against their NWOC counterparts, the Wildcats are in position to contend for a league title.

Mandeville said the race could come down to the team’s meet against Liberty, which is slated for 4 p.m. Jan. 16 at Shute Park Aquatic and Recreation Center in Hillsboro.

“If we get by Liberty, I think we’ll be OK with Sherwood,” Mandeville said. “We just need to see whether we rise to the occasion or not. It could be tight.”

Against Putnam, Noah Norris took first place in the 200-yard freestyle race with a time of 1 minute 54.07 seconds and also won the 100 butterfly in 57.72 seconds.

Derek Webb had the fastest times in the 200 individual medley (2:22.45) and the 100 breaststroke (1:18.56). Chris Glaess earned top honors in the 100 backstroke with a 1:04.50.

“A lot of the kids took off on vacation over the Christmas break, so some of these times weren’t their best,” Mandeville said. “It’ll take some time to get them back to their strongest. They try to find pools, but some can and some can’t.”

Christie Halverson, Heather Leitz, Emma Harms and Hannah Cesario led the Wildcats on the girls side against the Kingsmen.

Wilsonville, which fell to Sandy and St. Helens in its first two league meets, picked up its first conference victory of the season.

Halverson won the 200 individual medley (2:19.99) and the 100 back (1:03.73), while Leitz snagged top honors in the 200- and 500-free races with times of 2:31.88 and 6:46.40, respectively.

Emma Harms took first place in the 100 breaststroke (1:29.87) and second in the 100 fly (1:21.13). Cesario clocked a 1:04.68 to win the 100 free.

On the girls side, the Wildcats swept the top three spots in the 200 free, 200 individual medley and 100 back events. Wilsonville also went 1-2-3 in the boys and girls 400 free relay races.

“They have a couple good swimmers,” Mandeville said of Putnam, “but we have a more well-rounded team.”

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AT A GLANCE

WILSONVILLE BOYS SWIMMING

Dec. 12: Wilsonville 91, SANDY 79

Dec. 19: Wilsonville 89, ST. HELENS 80

Jan. 9: Wilsonville 111, Putnam 59

WILSONVILLE GIRLS SWIMMING

Dec. 12: SANDY 109, Wilsonville 61

Dec. 19: ST. HELENS 97, Wilsonville 76

Jan. 9: Wilsonville 122, Putnam 47



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